A Republican candidate running for the governor in Kansas has named his wife as his running mate for the upcoming November election.

Republican candidate Jim Barnett, who previously served as a state senator, announced last month that Rosemary Hansen would be his choice for the state’s position of lieutenant governor.

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Bob Beatty, a political scientist at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas said that it is the only instance he knows of where both spouses appeared on a voting ticket.

Barnett argued on behalf of Hansen her qualifications citing her 26 years of service as an agent for the U.S. State Department, as well as a master’s degree she holds in public administration.

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Barnett said Hansen has campaigned with him across Kansas, traveling 70,000 miles over the past 22 months. The couple recently tied the knot last September.

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